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Cultural Tour of Downtown

Tour a major park, theater, science center and museum of art

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Rating: 5 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Difficulty: Easy
Length: 4 miles
Duration: Half day
Family Friendly

Overview :  Downtown Orlando provides plenty of opportunities for families to experience fun and culture. Loch Haven Park serves as the hub of... more »

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Points of Interest

1. Loch Haven Cultural Park

Start off the day at Loch Haven Park, 45 acres at the heart of Orlando's cultural corridor and home to the Orlando-UCF Shakespeare Festival, the Orlando Repertory Theatre, the Orlando Science Center, Mennello Museum of American Art, the Orlando Fire Museum and the Orlando Museum of Art.

The park is surrounded on three sides by lakes: Lake Estelle... More

Next door to Loch Haven Park is the Orlando Science Center. The 50-year-old attraction boasts four floors of exhibits, giant screen movies and hands-on activities, from earth sciences and "DinoDigs" to state-of-the-art simulation technology to the Crosby Observatory, Florida's largest publicly accessible refractor telescope. The science center... More

Housed in the Lowndes Shakespeare Center, the theater works in partnership with the University of Central Florida to offer a full season of Shakespeare productions as well as a complement of family productions, like "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs" and "Charlotte's Web."
Address: 812 E. Rollins St.
Phone: 407-447-1700

The Orlando Museum of Art (OMA) houses enough fascinating exhibits to occupy your entire morning. The museum's American collection includes paintings, drawings, prints, photographs and sculptures from the 18th century to the present.

Its Ancient Americas collection features artifacts from 2000 B.C. to A.D. 1521 from the ancient cultures of the... More

Formerly known as Orlando Firehouse No. 3, the museum is a two-story brick building that was relocated from Orlando Avenue in College Park, where it stood from 1926 until 1978.

The museum is open to the public by appointment only (407-898-3138), but it's worth strolling by while in the park to see a piece of the city's history.

The museum's... More

6. Orlando Repertory Theatre

Open since 2003, "The REP" works in partnership with the University of Central Florida to bring family friendly productions to the stage. Classic and contemporary children's literature favorites include: "Pippi Longstocking," "The House at Pooh Corner," "Junie B. in Jingle Bells Batman Smells," "Anne Frank & Me," "Click Clack Moo: Cows That... More

The Mennello Museum features paintings and sculptures, including outdoor sculptures and a permanent collection of paintings by Earl Cunningham, the latter of which which was donated by collectors Marilyn and Michael Mennello.
Address: 900 E. Princeton St.
Phone: 407-246-4278
Adults $4
Seniors 60+ $3
Students (with valid ID) $1
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8. Ivanhoe Row

Ivanhoe Village is one of five Orlando Main Street neighborhoods designated by the City of Orlando. Most of the shops are in the 1200 block of North Orange, near the intersection with Princeton Street. The area features a concentration of antiques vendors who sell furniture and accessories next to funky boutiques peddling 1960s collectibles and... More

More than ice cream, tiny Twisted Bliss also serves italian ice & gelato.

1807 N Orange Ave
Orlando, FL, 32804

After you have worked up an appetite, highly-rated and award-winning Ethos Vegan Kitchen is down the street. There is no meat on the menu (100% vegan and 50% organic), but reviewers and critics say don't let that stop you from enjoying great specials like "What's the Dilly Philly" sandwich, a "Hippie Wrap" with hummus and "Pecan Encrusted Eggplant... More